Concrete doesn’t need to be sealed to perform well. However, in order to get the most out of your concrete, a high-quality sealer is worth the small amount per square foot. A coating or two of concrete sealer will add a number of additional benefits for your concrete. Here are just a few reasons why you should seal your concrete.
Oil and grease a two of the things that can damage your concrete floor if they are spilled. Concrete is a very porous material. Because of this, dirt and spills will penetrate its surface and cause stains and discoloration. A sealer covers the tiny pores in concrete and prevents anything from getting in.
Easier Cleaning & Maintenance
With a sealer covering the pores of your concrete, the dirt and liquids stay over the top. This means you can sweep or mop it off and your concrete will stay in good shape. Without a sealer, there would be a lot of scrubbing and brushing involved to clean your concrete.
Shields Against The Elements
Outdoor concrete floors could benefit a lot from the protection a sealer provides. UV rays, freeze-thaw conditions, and rain all can do a number on unsealed concrete. With a high-quality sealer, plain or decorative concrete is protected from moisture absorption, mold and mildew, chemicals, and grease and oil stains. The need for concrete repair will be minimized greatly.
Because the sealer is protected from stains, it will always look great. Sealers can come in a range of finishes. A concrete floor that has been sealed looks polished, always new and consistently clean. Sealers also have the ability to make the colors of stained floors more vibrant.
The extra layer of protection means that your concrete’s life expectancy is extended. Damage from the elements is happening to the sealer, meaning the concrete slab underneath is safe. However, sealers do fade, depending on how much the floor is used. In general, they will need to be reapplied after a couple of years, but it is worth the investment! No matter what type of sealer you used, it will always be more economical than having to replace your concrete.
Regardless of the sealer used it must be applied properly. Contact Bravo! Buffalo today for your free estimate!